Queenstown comes to life over Queen’s birthday weekend with sublime music and a magical evening bathed in lights.

Saturday June 3 brings together the internationally-renowned Michael Hill International Violin Competition and award-winning Southern Light Project, LUMA so it’s a great time to come into town and soak up some culture.

A special ‘locals-only’ ticket price for the competition’s Saturday afternoon session (2pm – 5pm) at the Memorial Centre is a chance to hear four of 16 competitors each perform works by Bach, Paganini, a Salon Piece and an ‘individual’s choice’ – an exciting new category where competitors ‘show what they’ve got’!

Come earlier at 1.30pm to hear about violin technique and what judges look for.

Prices: Children (8 +) and students $5, seniors $15, adults $20.
Pre-booking recommended. Hot drinks/snacks available.

Later that evening head to Queenstown Gardens, lit up by LUMA to celebrate a very special 150-year anniversary.

To take advantage of the Queenstown Local’s special 30% discount for this session visit Eventfider, click on the correct session (Sat 03 June, 2:00pm – 4:55pm) then go to the checkout and enter the code “QTVIOLIN” at the prompt. This will result in the standard price changing to the discounted price.

The Competition strongly supports introducing young children to fine music and concert attendance, yet these competition heats are not the right seting for youngsters who, inadvertently, might interrupt the competitor’s intense focus. For this reason, children under age 8 are not permitted at these sessions. Families wishing to introduce younger children to classical violin are warmly encouraged to attend the rehearsals in Memorial Centre 31 May and 1 June. For more information about rehearsal attendance, please contact Kate Speedy on 027 524-5244 or

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The Competition’s preferred video file specification/format is MP4:

You can use external microphones, but the audio must be of the filmed performance and it must synch and match with the video otherwise we will not be able to verify it as a live recording.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their recordings (especially the sound) are of high quality. The Competition will not accept and is not responsible for any corrupted or incomplete files or recordings of insufficient quality and application fees will not be refunded. Please review the Competition’s Rules and Regulations and FAQs.

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